Harvard Health Publishing When you hear the phrase tooth loss, what comes to mind first? Trauma? Tooth decay? The tooth fairy? While all of these are acceptable associations, there are many more factors involved in tooth loss.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine News The COVID-19 pandemic brought into focus the vulnerabilities of the health care system, as well as sparked conversations surrounding data, integration, and technology.
Patients and clinicians can benefit by closing the gap between primary care and oral health care, speakers at an online event said. The event, hosted by the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC), focused a recent report titled “Innovations in Oral Health and Primary Care Integration: Alignment with the Shared Principles of Primary Care,” which included data on the cost of unmet oral health needs to patients, taxpayers,...
The New York Times The pandemic has forced dentists and hygienists to change some of the methods for maintaining good oral hygiene, to protect patients as well as themselves. HSDM Dean William Giannobile, DMSc96, PD96, shares insight on how dentistry has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Initiative members Jane Barrow, Dr. Bruce Donoff, Dr. Hugh Silk, and Dr. Judith Haber contributed to a new white paper from the DentaQuest Partnership, titled, “A Three Domain Framework to Innovating Oral Health Care.” Dentistry is changing rapidly and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted key opportunities within the oral health care system. A new paper by the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement outlines a Three Domain Framework that creates a new model in dentistry... Read more about A Three Domain Framework to Innovating Oral Health Care
In early December, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) welcomed United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, for a special virtual Oral Health Seminar Series event. VADM Adams was joined by Jane Barrow, MS, associate dean of the Office of Global and Community Health, and executive director of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine, and HSDM Dean, William Giannobile, DMSc96, PD96. Adams spoke about the connection between oral health and primary care, the role that dental professionals and other frontline... Read more about U.S. Surgeon General Addresses the Importance of Oral Health and the Prominence of Social Determinants During a Recent HSDM Webinar
"Learning about the integration of primary care and dentistry in our dental school setting has been an unparalleled experience. Seeing patients who have previously undiagnosed chronic conditions receive the medical attention they need sheds light on how important it is to increase collaboration between the medical and dental worlds."
~ Yassee E. Pirooz, DMD18
The Nurse Practitioner & Dentist (NPD) model, piloted since 2015 at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in collaboration with Northeastern University, promotes interprofessional practice and education by integrating primary care services provided by a nurse practitioner into an academic dental practice environment.
In this innovative model, nursing and dental students work in interprofessional teams and are jointly responsible for providing primary care and dental services to patients. During supervised clinical rotations, students learn how each profession formulates diagnoses, implements preventive interventions, and makes referrals within their scopes of practice. Students develop interprofessional plans of care under the direct supervision of NP and dental faculty. Older adults (>65 years of age) living with one or more chronic health conditions, particularly diabetes and hypertension, constitute the target population.